Late-life onset bipolar disorder presenting as a case of pseudo-dementia: a case discussion and review of literature.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Depression and comorbid cognitive impairment in the elderly can be difficult to distinguish from dementia. Adding to the complex differential is that depression may be part of a bipolar illness rather than a unipolar mood disorder. A diligent workup and close monitoring of patients can inform appropriate treatment and can make the difference between recovery and persistence of symptoms. The present case will illustrate how a comprehensive workup utilizing extensive data gathering, laboratory workup, use of neuropsychological testing, neuroimaging, and timely treatment can lead to successful clinical outcomes that can be sustained for many years.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Banga, A; Gyurmey, T; Matuskey, D; Connor, DF; Kaplan, RF; Steffens, DC

Published Date

  • June 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 86 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 235 - 244

PubMed ID

  • 23766743

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3670442

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1551-4056


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States